London Screenwriters’ Festival Spotlights the RoboCop Chiasmus

Two years ago, Netflix made a video based on my Back to the Future Trilogy chiasmus article and called it the Lockard Theory. I was honored, of course, that they took note of my analysis. I loved helping others to see what a richer storytelling experience those films become once they notice all the intricacies of how the plot unfolds. But I wasn’t the genius who actually wrote the scripts for those films. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale did that.

The screenwriters who manage to create a chiasmus in film deserve all the credit; I’m simply the first to point out their achievements. As it turns out, the organizers of the London Screenwriters’ Festival 2018 agree with me. Ed Neumeier, the cowriter of RoboCop (1987), is going to speak at that event, and the Festival Producer recently asked me if he could reprint my RoboCop chiasmus article to showcase Neumeier’s achievements. I gladly granted his request. That was the first cinematic chiasmus I discovered, and it quickly became my most popular article. Neumeier wrote a brilliant screenplay with Michael Miner, and I love that I got to say something new about it that no one had ever noticed before. Here’s a link to the reprinted article on the festival’s website.

Miner actually commented on my article back in 2014 when it was published. So both of them now definitely know that they achieved something even more remarkable with that film than they realized at the time they were working on it. This is like the opposite of Murphy’s Law. If something good can happen, it will.

This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.

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About Robert Lockard, the Deja Reviewer

Robert Lockard has been a lover of writing since he was very young. He studied public relations in college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. His skills and knowledge have helped him to become a sought-after copywriter in the business world. He has written blogs, articles, and Web content on subjects such as real estate, online marketing and inventory management. His talent for making even boring topics interesting to read about has come in handy. But what he really loves to write about is movies. His favorite movies include: Fiddler on the Roof, Superman: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, The Fugitive, The Incredibles, and The Dark Knight. Check out his website: Deja Reviewer. Robert lives in Utah with his wife and four children. He loves running, biking, reading, and watching movies with his family.
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2 Responses to London Screenwriters’ Festival Spotlights the RoboCop Chiasmus

  1. Totally missed that documentary. What a compliment! (And rightfully so)

    The video isn’t viewable in the Netherlands unfortunately. You know of another place to see it?


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